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September Meeting Minutes (9/6/2008)

The September 2008 MASA meeting was held on the 6th at Todd Schweim’s house in St. Croix Falls, WI.

A total of 7 people took the opportunity to take a drive on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.  They were rewarded with a very informative session on FAI competition/building, a chance to check out Todd’s shop (WAY cool!), and a relaxing dinner on his deck (complete with dog tricks, courtesy of his very talented Doberman, Aspen)

The FAI session was very informative.  Attendees learned the various steps involved in making body tubes, nose cones (including vacuum forming and plunge forming), fins, etc.  The group also discussed types of motors used in FAI competition, competition schedule and locations, and general tips to help with building rockets for use in FAI.  Todd agreed to write a series of articles for the MASA Planet.

Next Launch: The next regular launch will be on September 27, from 9 – 4, at the Nowthen sod fields.  The theme for the launch is "scale rockets."  No contests are planned at this time.  If you’re interested in running a contest, please let us know. 

Next Meeting:  The next club meeting will be on Thursday October 3 starting at 7 pm at the Science Museum.  Rick Vatsaas will be leading a discussion on how to make composite fins for small, medium, and high power rockets.

Other stuff:

  • Deadline for submissions for the next issue of the Planet is now.  :-)
  • 2009 MASA club officer nominations open at the November meeting. 
  • The MASA holiday party is just a few months away.  We’re looking for a host and/or location for the party.  Date, time, and location are currently TBD.  Please let us know if you’re interested in having a bunch of MASA-ites at your house for an evening of food, exchanging gifts, and rocket talk (not necessarily in that order).
  • Caleb Boe brought along his vacuum forming system to show the group.  Caleb and Todd compared techniques and the group shared helpful hints.

 (Carol Marple)

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